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WIRED: Alabama-Mississippi update October 30, 2006

Posted by Tom in Community, Economic Development, Education, Opinion, WIRED, Workforce.

The WIRED consortium appears to be making the rounds – this time, a gruop from East Mississippi Community College updated the Noxubee County (MS) Board of Supervisors on WIRED:

The team, which consisted of Vice President of Workforce and Community Service Dr. Raj Shaunak, Community Leadership Facilitator Danny Avery and Community Development Facilitator Bruce Hanson, explained the federally funded enterprise-readiness program seeks to equip low income persons, through education and encouragement, to better themselves and their communities in rural regions throughout the U.S.

Macon Mayor Bob Boykin and other Noxubee officials joined the supervisors in listening to the presentation.

The WIRED program has been at work in Noxubee County since the first part of October, the EMCC officials said. The city of Macon is partnering with EMCC and holding night classes at the former Cal-Jac building on Eighth Street in Macon.

Mayor Boykin said the city is supplying the building and facilities while EMCC furnishes the instructors, equipment and supplies.

“It will come back to us in terms of better lives for people and in the long run that will mean economic growth for our community,” Boykin said.

I think it’s getting close to time to ask the question: What is this WIRED project about, specifically?  I understand that they’re linking community colleges together to build an “enterprise-ready” workforce, but there is precious little in the public dialogue about how to get there.  Some programs, like California’s space program and Colorado’s tech workforce pipeline development, are easy to understand.  Others, like this (and Indiana, to be fair to Alabama-Mississippi) don’t appear to have their sea legs yet.



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